KSU's Bagwell College is growing
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May 12, 2013 10:55 PM | 3069 views | 3 3 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kennesaw State University president Dan Papp, center in hard hat, was one of many people who attended a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the university’s new multi-million dollar Bagwell College of Education.
Kennesaw State University president Dan Papp, center in hard hat, was one of many people who attended a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the university’s new multi-million dollar Bagwell College of Education.
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As the number of future teachers and educational leaders enrolling at Kennesaw State University continues to grow, so too does the need for a more expansive facility for the Bagwell College of Education.

The university conducted a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning to celebrate the construction of a new four-story addition to the education school’s existing building. The multi-million-dollar, state-funded expansion is slated for completion next summer and the Georgia Legislature allocated $20.3 million for the project.

“We appreciate the support that we have received for this project from the Board of Regents and the Georgia General Assembly,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “The Bagwell College of Education is one of the leading producers of teachers in Georgia, and enrollment in our teacher education and leadership programs has more than doubled since mid-2000. Yet the lack of space has limited our ability to further increase our programs. This building will enable us to strengthen our programs and solidify Bagwell’s position as Georgia’s leader in the preparation of both teachers and educational leaders.”

The 78,756-square-foot addition initially will feature three floors housing nine general classrooms, eight model classrooms, one computer lab, two seminar rooms, student study areas, the Center for Literacy and Learning, three conference rooms, a department suite and the dean’s suite. Extra funding is needed to build out the fourth floor.

“Today’s event represents a long-awaited milestone for Bagwell — a time when all of the college’s academic departments and student-service units can be physically located at one site, to facilitate our collaborative approach to preparing teachers and educational leaders,” said Bagwell’s Dean Arlinda Eaton.

The facility also will allow the university to expand its comprehensive array of degree programs at the bachelors, masters, education specialist and doctoral levels, as well as post-baccalaureate certificates, and graduate degree programs in school counseling, school psychology and a variety of certificate programs.

Approximately $4 million is needed to build out the interior of the new building’s fourth floor.

Plans for that floor include a general classroom, two early childhood classrooms, two computer labs, student study areas, a doctoral program suite, a grants and research suite, a global engagement suite, a conference room and a department suite.

“We are looking for partners who want to have a positive impact on children, who are the future leaders of this community, this state and this nation,” said Debra Day, director of development for Bagwell. “It’s not really about the fourth floor, or a building, it’s about the impact of great teachers.”

In an effort to raise the additional money needed to complete the final stage of the expansion, naming opportunities have been made available. These include the new building’s literacy center, the lobby and atrium, classrooms, student study areas, offices, computer labs, conference rooms and more.
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incredulous
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May 13, 2013
How is this possible? Who is going into teaching as a profession? WHY??!!! Clearly they have never read the comments about teachers left on this message board. Obviously they haven't seen the DAILY news stories about teacher pay. The profession is under attack. Not only should you not choose this career path but if you are in it you should get out like I did! PUBLIC EDUCATION IS UNDER ATTACK. Someone respond and prove me wrong.
wrkgma3
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May 14, 2013
I went into teaching as a profession after 12 years in the corporate sector. I will prove you wrong...

REAL, GOOD, EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT teachers DO NOT go into teaching for the pay...there is none, that's no secret...we ALL know that.

Real teachers go into teaching to make changes in the lives of the students who will be the future of our country and of our world. I teach morals, values, reading, writing, ethics, character, and so much more as an English Language Arts teacher on the middle school level.

I get a tangible paycheck on the last day of each month, however, the reward I get from an "Ah moment," or the look on a students face when he or she finally grasps an idea or concept that they've been struggling with is...PRICELESS.

And just by the way,Incredulous...on behalf of the parents and students in Cobb, Marietta, and beyond....a great big THANK YOU for not teaching anymore!!!! The profession is under attack and ONLY the STRONG (dedicated, passionate, innovative) will survive...apparently, you didn't make the proverbial grade.
KSUgrad10
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May 15, 2013
WrkGma3 completely misinterpreted the first comment. It's not necessarily about teacher pay. Teachers get paid quite low- we all know that.

The fact is that the 20 some odd million dollars that went to build this building should have gone to the public schools so maybe they might actually have a chance to hire some of the grads coming out of KSU. There's no use for more grads if there's no jobs available to them. I really do feel bad for the students currently in the program. The professors and administration will pull the wool straight over their eyes so that they cannot see the truth- You'll graduate, maybe get a spot in a preschool somewhere and spend the next couple years wiping poop till you realize it's just not working. It's sad to see STRONG GOOD teachers not able to find a job.
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